KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twenty-two people will have to find a new place to stay for now after their apartment complex in the Northland caught fire early Tuesday morning.
Two of the families were housed through Synergy Services, a company that provides housing and assistance to troubled youth and those facing homelessness.
The fire started around 1:30 a.m. at the Dusquesne Apartments on NE Russell Road.
Four people were injured including the mother of four-year-old Darian Hayward and her boyfriend who jumped out a window to get to safety.
Darian’s mother’s boyfriend jumped first and broke his ankle, but was able to catch Darian.
“He jumped first and told her to lift him up and put him down to him so he could catch him,” Darian’s grandmother Gina White said.
His mother jumped next.
"She was scared to jump because she thought she was going to hit the metal.So she finally jumped and when she did she fell wrong on her back," White's grandmother said.
She broke her back in the fall.
It's a day Darian will never forget.
"That's his fourth birthday present, what a fourth birthday present," Darian's grandmother said.
But the four-year-old was only upset about losing one gift in the fire.
"The Chiefs hat he just got yesterday. He just got it yesterday but other than that I think, I don't think it has really hit him yet but it will," Edward Briggs said.
Firefighters helped five other people out of the building. They are not sure what caused the fire.
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